Globe Group’s 917Ventures, Ayala Corporation, and Gogoro
Inc. on Monday made history as they launched Gogoro Smartscooters®
and battery-swapping in the Philippines. The companies are introducing a new
era in sustainable transportation that brings together smart, convenient and
accessible electric two-wheelers to customers.
The announcement was made at a ceremony
at the Globe headquarters in Bonifacio Global City where the three companies
also announced the commercial public release of Gogoro Smartscooters®
and battery-swapping stations in Metro Manila in Q4 2023.
“We in the Globe Group are very proud to
bring Gogoro Smartscooters® and battery-swapping to the Philippines,
a transport ecosystem that marries mobility innovation and sustainability. This
year, Filipinos will have access to these electric two wheelers and Gogoro’s convenient and cost-efficient
battery-swapping technology, another first in the Philippines,” said Globe
Group President and CEO Ernest Cu at the launch.
Gogoro’s launch is the Globe Group’s
debut in the climate tech space, as it continues to deliver innovations that
address Filipinos’ daily pain points. As a better transportation alternative,
Gogoro aims to address commuter woes on expensive gas prices while helping curb
carbon emissions, in
line with the partners’ shared commitment to sustainability, and the Philippine
government's sustainable development agenda.
It also marks the Philippine entry of
Gogoro, a brand that has transformed two-wheel mobility in Taiwan and fostered
a new smart mobility industry with a network of eco-friendly businesses and
end-users. In addition to Taiwan
and the Philippines, Gogoro is also operating in China, India, Japan,
Indonesia, Korea and Israel.
Horace Luke, Founder
and CEO of Gogoro, said the company is excited to bring the Gogoro ecosystem to
the Philippines and is committed to replicating its success in Taiwan, where
Gogoro has 540,000 riders and has deployed more than one million smart
batteries at 12,000 battery-swapping stations. Gogoro riders have swapped more
than 450 million total swaps, 400,000 per day, and Gogoro has saved more than
627,000 tons of CO2 since it launched.
partnership with the Globe Group and Ayala Corporation in the Philippines is a
major milestone in our mission to transform urban transportation and provide an
accessible path for riders to adopt sustainable urban mobility and play a key
role in battling climate change and making the world better for all. We look
forward to working together to deliver a sustainable transport system that will
improve air quality, reduce carbon emissions, and provide a superior riding
experience for consumers in the Philippines,” Luke said.
At the event, the partners unveiled the first Gogoro battery-swapping station
at The Globe Tower – the start of a network of Gogoro battery-swapping stations
planned to be established initially in Metro Manila and eventually across the
"The Gogoro ecosystem is very
convenient as its swap-and-go technology allows riders to swap out depleted
batteries for charged ones in just seconds and go on their way. With the
current traffic situation in the metro, these Smartscooters® will
serve as an eco-friendly alternative to ease congestion while at the same time
reducing carbon emissions,” said Bernie
Llamzon, Globe Capital Venture Holdings Inc. Director.
917Ventures Managing Director Vince Yamat, meanwhile,
thanked the government’s support for the shift to EVs as he cited the
importance of enabling policy for electric vehicles to succeed in the country.
“The shift to EVs, particularly deploying
Gogoro’s battery-swapping system, will go a long way with sustained government
support that will allow private sector initiatives to prosper. Sustainable
transportation projects are, after all, aligned with the government’s long-term
agenda to promote environment-friendly transport options and foster
digitalization as mobility needs of Filipino individuals and businesses rise,”
The Globe Group, 917Ventures and Ayala
Corporation consistently lead the way in utilizing technology to enhance the
lives of Filipinos and safeguard the environment through their innovative